Thursday, July 30, 2009


The nursery is all done, hospital bags all packed, swings, pack n plays and car seats all assembled now it's just a matter of waiting for our little angel to come out! It's pretty difficult just sitting around waiting, being so excited to see her. Everytime Ash strings together a series of contractions about 5-10 minutes apart, a hopeful labor coach asks if he can start timing contractions in hopes of the real deal. Although we've had some close calls where we thought it may be time, Ash had contractions every 4-7 minutes for about an hour getting progressively worse, getting up and moving around stopped those. As far as Ash and I are concerned, the sooner Payton comes out the better! I know Ash's poor feet wouldn't mind having Payton come out a little early either...So until that day comes where we get to bring our little angel home, I guess the daddy and mommy to be just have to keep on waiting!


39 weeks

Well I had my 39 week OB appt. today. I was still only 1cm dilated BUT 70% effaced!! Things are moving along! Hopefully next week I will be ready to go! Been getting lots and lots of painful Braxton Hicks contractions...getting more frequent and painful. Just about everyday I get about an hour straight of them about 5 min. apart which puts me pretty much out of commission.

Baby's heartbeat was 149 and was measuring just fine. She is turned sideways, head down, facing my R side- which is where all the kicks have been poor right side needs a break! Especially after Daddy talked to her today and she karate attacked me!

Got our hospital bags all packed and ready to go...

It's all up to when baby decides to come meet us now!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

38 weeks

Had an excited OB appt. today, I am now 1 cm dialated & 50% effaced...things are happening which just adds to my impatientness and excitement! Babies heart beat was 144 & was measuring perfectly. Now all there is to do is wait, wait, wait...and wait.

The baby has finally slowed down with her movements, the Dr. said because she is so far down all she can really do now is wiggle a little bit. We are completely ready for her arrival now & we can't wait to meet our little angel!

Here is my bump progression from 21 weeks to 38 weeks! There is room for one more picture I will put in at the very end of the pregnancy :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Baby Shower Mania

We had our last 2 baby showers this past weekend and we just wanted to thank everyone for all the awesome gifts and good company! We are allll set for the baby to come home now & we are working on putting everything away and making all the finishing touches. It is great to have such a great group of family and friends who have been so supportive in our baby journey! So thank you guys- you are the best!

(I dont think I posted any ultrasound pics yet so here are some old ones at 20 weeks! Isn't she cute!?)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

37 weeks down- 3 to go!! woo woo!

I can't believe my due date is in only 3 more weeks! Still hoping she comes before then but that is wishful thinking....

Pregnancy is taking its toll on my body, went to bed crying last night because my back was hurting so bad. Then when my back wasn't hurting for a couple seconds my pelvic cramps would kick in...No fun! Brandon gave me a good backrub that helped me get to sleep and I got a heating pad for my back so hopefully that will help a little bit!

Brandon and I installed the car seat last night and then I went and got it inspected at the car seat safety clinic today. They said they were impressed and we did a good job- they made one adjustment and that was it. It will be comforting to know that the baby will be safe in her car seat!

Little Payton has this body part we call "the snake foot" ( I think its a foot lol) It is off to the right side of my stomach and it goes crazy! It pokes out all the time so I can see the little bump it makes on my belly & then it moves like crrrazy and feels like a snake moving around in my belly. It is a weird feeling! I think she will come out doing the Stanky leg like her Daddy :)

As D-day gets closer, the days get longer and longer waiting the arrival of our little girl....especially now that I am on maternity leave and have nothing better to do but wait! This weekend will keep us busy though, we have our final 2 baby showers. The last baby shower is co-ed so it will be nice to have Brandon experience at least one shower (although he is dreading it!)

No OB appt. this week, the Dr. said since everything looked so good at the last appointment there was really no need to come in this week unless I really wanted we will see whats up at the Dr. next week at 38 weeks!

Friday, July 10, 2009

36 weeks

We had our 36 week check up at the OB doc today. Baby's heartbeat was 134 and she was measuring at 34 weeks ( a little small but within the normal ranges). Doctor said all the measurements from the ultrasound 2 weeks ago looked really good. She said my cervix is thinning out (woowoo, one of the first steps to labor!) and that everything looks very good & healthy. Starting today I'm okay to go into labor- which could start any day now to next month.... we're hoping for something in between the two!

We just got our new travel system for the baby the other day. We went with the Graco Stylus travel system in Morocco. We wanted something gender neutral so we can use it for our next babies too. We love it and I can't wait to push our little girl around in it! Brandon and I are going to attempt to install the car seat bases tonight, and then we are going to go to the car seat safety clinic on July 16th to have a certified person check it out and make sure it is installed correctly.

Other than that, baby is still squirming and moving around like crazy, nothing seems to slow her down. She is supposed to be so squished from growing so much this last trimester that movements typically slow down the last weeks...but no sign of that, which is okay by me! Im still having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions, which is normal and warming my body up for labor. My feet started to swell up lately and caused me to have no ankle bones...not attractive. And lots of back pain and cramps. Pregnancy starting to get not as fun! I just want to meet our little girl!

Anyway here's our travel system!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Payton's room!

Her going home outfit :)

Babies first toothbrush- her Hygienist mamma is so proud!

Few of her first baby books :)

A few pics from our almost done nursery- still need to do a few finishing touches. But I think we have all the necessities to feel comfortable bringing her home :) Getting excited!